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The Backyard Cafe

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940 Old Barnwell Rd, West Columbia, SC 29170-3044
+1 803-951-0405
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11:00 - 21:30
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Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
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Garland, Texas
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our first time in South Carolina, and we were not disappointed. Don't let the building deceive you. It is a little hole-in-the-wall looking place - cute, but small. However, this only adds charm to the vibe of this diner. The service was outstanding... The staff was interactive and helpful with making suggestions regarding the menu. And they certainly led us... More 

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Thank Raymond M
BackyardCafe, Manager at The Backyard Cafe, responded to this review

Raymond, Thank you so much for your rating and wonderful review. We are so blessed to have such a wonderful staff that truly cares about our customers and wants everyone to have a good experience. We are blessed also to part of a community that cares for our hard working Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters, EMS, City workers, and so many... More 

New York
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64 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Picking up our son from the airport, we wanted a nice lunch. TripAdvisor helped again. We stopped here and my husband and son had the grilled meatloaf with red sauce and rice. I had a great Swiss burger with grilled onions and mushrooms. Matt was a phenomenal server, one of the best. Cozy, home comfort food. So very good! No... More 

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Thank Bridget B
BackyardCafe, Owner at The Backyard Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much Bridget! We appreciate your kind words. Matt is a sweet person and a caring server for sure! Thanks again! Have a GREAT day :) More 

Wise, Virginia, United States
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

My daughter just bought a house very close to the Back Yard Cafe. She suggested and I was glad. This is a small home town restaurants that resembles walking into a house. The service was excellent, the food was hot, looked great, and had the taste to back it up. I would highly recommend that you search out this little... More 

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Thank Brad G
BackyardCafe, Owner at The Backyard Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much Brad! We are so glad that you enjoyed your experience with us :) Welcome to our Family! Have a GREAT day!! More 

Varnville, South Carolina
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31 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016 via mobile

Hey...you want a delicious meal..come here. I pulled up to the restaurant and it screamed 'home'. It looks like a nice house. There is a wooden swing in the yard, and they have two tables on the porch. They have different dining rooms (I think it's 3 rooms). I ordered a BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger and I had fries as my... More 

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3 Thank EMcQ
BackyardCafe, Owner at The Backyard Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much! What a wonderful and exciting review! You should be a professional reviewer :) We are so glad that you like us and our food. We try our best to offer quality food in a positive environment. Welcome to our Family ! More 

West Columbia, United States
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016

Stop in and have a meal with Peggy and Mike. Definitely, Hands On Owners and it shows. Have never and I mean never had a bad meal here. Why, Because of Peggy and Mike. Quality is not written on the menu but it is served with every meal. Not a fast food joint. All food cooked to order so sit... More 

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3 Thank Arthur A
BackyardCafe, Owner at The Backyard Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much Arthur! We so appreciate YOU and your wonderful review! "Put down the cell phone and talk to our dining partner(s)" is my sentiment exactly!!! In this fast pace world, we forget sometimes what really is important - just enjoying the time with those we love. In many countries they actually plan to spend around 2.5 -... More 

Greenville, South Carolina
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016 via mobile

I've heard about Backyard Cafe for a couple of years. Luckily I was in the Lexington area and it was suggested as a place for dinner. Does this restaurant live up to hype it was given by my friends and family? Yes, and everything was freshly made to order, just like the ice cream flavors that greet you upon entering.... More 

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2 Thank Tlhorns
BackyardCafe, Owner at The Backyard Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are so happy that you enjoyed your experience with us. Welcome to our Family :) Have a GREAT day! More 

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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2016 via mobile

Peg and Mike have been just like family over the last five years. We couldn't ask for a better place to enjoy a wonderful meal with a friendly atmosphere.

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3 Thank SteeleFamily3
BackyardCafe, Owner at The Backyard Cafe, responded to this review

You are too sweet! We are so blessed that you are a part of our BYC Family. Thank you so much for your kind words and your caring friendship! Have a GREAT day :) More 

West Columbia, South Carolina
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016 via mobile

Whether a quick home cooked meal or an open faced sandwich, the Back Yard is the place to go. Quiet homey atmosphere adds to the great selections of food. The home made ice creams are just icing on the cake too.

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1 Thank Frederick803
BackyardCafe, Owner at The Backyard Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much! We are blessed to have you as a part of our BYC Family. Your review and opinion of our cafe' means a lot to us. Thanks again! Have a GREAT day :) More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

I love this place!!! I am a much "cleaner" eater and know fresh ingredients.... This is my absolute favorite place when I have to eat out.

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1 Thank Michele M
BackyardCafe, Owner at The Backyard Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much Michele!! We appreciate your wonderful review. Thank you for being a part of our BYC Family :) Have a GREAT day! More 

Lexington, South Carolina
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63 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2016

We ate dinner at The Backyard Cafe and both of us rated our meals as just OK, not close to being special. The cafe was on the small side and I had the feeling of being cramped for space but it was clean and the waitress was very friendly and helpful. So....would we go back? Are you kidding? The desserts... More 

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1 Thank Hassett41
BackyardCafe, Owner at The Backyard Cafe, responded to this review

I am so sorry that we didn't make your meal special :( We are limited in space, but have tried to make it more on the cozy side, but when we get busy it can feel a bit crowded. I am glad that your service was good and you enjoyed the desserts. We will definitely try to do better! Thank... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 21:30
Saturday
11:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 940 Old Barnwell Rd, West Columbia, SC 29170-3044
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  West Columbia
  • Phone Number: +1 803-951-0405
Description
southern food

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?